What Are Remanufactured and Compatible Cartridges

Have you ever wondered why remanufactured and compatible Inkjet cartridges cost on average 30% less compared to original ink cartridges? And as a result of their price, have you ever considered buying remanufactured or compatible Inkjet cartridges?

In this blog post we will attempt to shade some light by highlighting the benefits of using alternative inks and answering a few of the more common questions we get from consumers on these alternatives.

Smart shoppers already know that Inkjet cartridges and laser toners are costly and it’s not unheard of to see examples where the price of a printer is low because the price of the original cartridges is high. What many people do not know is that remanufactured cartridges and compatible cartridges have made a huge step forward in recent years and are now an excellent alternative to the original cartridge.

First thing first, remanufactured or compatible are they the same?

Although outwardly all non original cartridges look alike, there is a fundamental difference between remanufactured and compatible.

Remanufactured cartridges use recycled original outer cases and replace various parts to make the cartridge perform at its designed quality level.  This is more common in the Laser cartridges as they have a significant amount of moving parts. In case of an inkjet-remanufactured cartridge, which is common with HP and Lexmark printers, the cartridge includes the print head so the collected empty cartridge is opened cleaned by ultrasonic cleaning. A new sponge replaces the old one and ink is refilled. Lastly, series of print tests are conducted to make sure that it is printing well.

Compatible cartridges are those that have been manufactured from scratch for the purpose of making a non-original cartridge.  All the parts are brand new and no recycled parts are used.

Lexmark printers, some models of Canon printers and HP printers have remanufactured cartridges, while Epson printers, some models of Canon printers and Brother printers have compatible cartridges.

How do alternative cartridges compare in terms of quality to an original cartridge?

This will depend on the quality of the alternative. Some brands of remanufactured/compatible will print the same and at times more pages than the original ink cartridges, and in many cases come with a 30 day money back guarantee making the decision to buy remanufactured even easier. It’s true that in the past, the quality of remanufactured/compatible ink cartridges was not always up to the standard of the originals, however continuous testing together with advance in manufacturing technology have ensured that quality in no longer a matter for concern in many cases, though there are still issues with some and issues with exact colour matching for the professional photographers.

What about the printer warranty?

In order to protect their product and hold on their cartridge market some of the printer manufacturers will invalidate the warranty on the printer if they find a non original cartridge in the printer. So when choosing a non original compatible cartridge it is important to have one from a reliable source and read reviews.

Before choosing your next printer cartridge, take the time to evaluate your options. If an alternative cartridge is offered at an attractive value, try it. If prices are the same, no one will blame you for continuing with the original.

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